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Down's syndrome teen gets police record cleared

RECORD WIPED: Abdul

A TEENAGER with Down’s syndrome has had a caution wiped from his record after police arrested him for breaking into his school to collect a treasured basketball cap.

London police cleared the criminal record of Abdul Al-Faisal, 19, following an online petition that attracted 120,000 signatures calling for the force to address the error of judgment that saw the disabled pupil spend nine hours in a jail cell.

Abdul was taken into custody by officers in May when he set off the alarm at Haringey Sixth Form Centre in Tottenham, north London, as he climbed into a building through a window during a bank holiday.

He was only trying to retrieve his favourite hat, but officers ignored his disability and threw him into a cell while his worried mother Roshina reported him as missing.

The concerned parent eventually learned that her son was being kept at Wood Green police station, where he was “confused and in tears”.

With only the mental age of a 10-year-old, Abdul’s mother complained to the police watchdog about his arrest and launched a petition demanding that police expunge his criminal record after he was cautioned.

In the petition, the mother said: “He left the house without us realising, and he walked to his school.

“We called police to report him missing after searching streets near our home for two hours, and we were horrified to learn he had been arrested.

“I went to the police station and found my son confused and in tears in a cell without his shoes or coat.

“His fingerprints had been taken, he had been swabbed for DNA and his details had been put on record.”

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